A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Wild hogs linked to viruses, bacteria and parasites that can infect humans, animals

Feral hogs have been blamed for causing millions of dollars in damage in some states. But scientists say an even bigger problem is that the animals carry a large number of viruses, bacteria and parasites that can infect humans and animals, Brian Broom reports for The Clarion-Ledger in Jackson, Miss. Wild hogs have been reported in every county in Mississippi. One of the most common diseases spread...

Water recreation guidelines is for summer season; tips to decrease health risks when swimming

With summer approaching, The Kentucky Division of Water (DOW) and the Kentucky Department for Public Health (DPH) offer safety tips to help Kentuckians enjoy the many rivers, lakes and creeks in which to boat, fish, swim, canoe or otherwise enjoy our abundant water resources. Swimming and other water-related activities are excellent ways to get the physical activity and health benefits needed for a...

Northern Kentucky Health Department breaks ground on new district office at Florence Government Center

NKyTribune staff The Northern Kentucky Health Department broke ground Friday at its new district office to be located in the Florence Government Center. Northern Kentucky Health Department District Director of Health Dr. Lynne Saddler talks about the role of the Department and the new facility at the Florence Government Center Friday. A rendering of the new building is at right (photos by Mark Hansel). The...

Community Health Status Survey: Higher income, better education have strong connection to health

The first analysis of results from the 2017 Community Health Status Survey (CHSS) has found that about 5 in 10 adults in the Greater Cincinnati region (49 percent) report excellent or very good health. Research has made a strong and powerful link between a person’s response to this question and their predicted length and quality of life. These results are slightly lower than they were when the...

SmartHealthToday: Workout with the family while making a life-saving difference in May 20 HeartChase

By Dianne Gebhardt-French SmartHealthToday Run, volunteer or pledge money. It’s not too early to get involved in the May 20 HeartChase starting at Newport on the Levee. Think “The Amazing Race” meets “Minute to Win It” – with all the fun enhanced by mobile apps on your smart phone and fun competition at every turn. The message is simple: Heart disease, the nation’s number one killer,...

SmartHealthToday: Teen mental experts said ’13 Reasons Why’ opens up healthy conversation

SmarthHealthToday Team The popular Netflix series 13 Reasons Why has created a lot of buzz over the last few weeks, forcing the subject of teen suicide into national conversation. The show, which is produced by Selena Gomez and based on a book by Jay Asher, tells the story of a 17-year-old girl’s suicide through cassette tapes listened to by her classmates. The 13-episode series debuted on March...

SmartHealthToday: It’s National Women’s Health Week — understand how to improve your health

SmartHealthToday team It’s never too early or late to work toward being your healthiest self. That’s the message during National Women’s Health Week this week. Whether you’re a 20-something or entering retirement age, it’s time to understand what steps you can take to improve your health and make your health a priority. According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office...

St. Elizabeth Hospice named a 2017 Hospice Honors Elite recipient by Deyta Analytics, recognizing highest level of service

St. Elizabeth Hospice has been named a 2017 Hospice Honors Elite recipient by Deyta Analytics — a division of HEALTHCAREfirst — the leading provider of web-based home health and hospice software, outsourced billing and coding services and advanced analytics. Hospice Honors is a prestigious program that recognizes hospices providing the highest level of quality as measured from the caregiver’s...

Two orthopaedics organizations combine to become OrthoCincy, largest independent practice in the area

Commonwealth Orthopaedic Centers and Reconstructive Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine announce they are combining on August 1. The new organization will be known as “OrthoCincy” and will launch new website, www.OrthoCincy.com. OrthoCincy will be the largest independent orthopaedic practice in the Greater Cincinnati and Tri-State area, with 27 physicians, 23 Physician Assistants and Nurse Practitioners,...

Learn more about stroke prevention at ‘Women Take Heart: Wine and Watercolor’ event presented by St. E.

Strokes are the No. 1 cause of serious disability for adults and the fifth leading cause of death.   Individuals can reduce their risk of having a stroke by 80 percent through healthy lifestyle choices. Maintaining a healthy weight, exercising regularly and eating a well-balanced diet are things individuals can do daily to decrease their risk. Gilbert Mark   It’s also important to recognize the...

KHIP: Poll shows prevalence and reach of pain medication, heroin and methamphetamine use

The abuse of drugs is an important issue in Kentucky and across the nation. For the past five years, the Kentucky Health Issues Poll (KHIP), sponsored by Interact for Health and the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, has asked Kentucky adults about the impact of drug use on their family and friends. The 2016 KHIP asked about prescription pain medication abuse, heroin use and methamphetamine use.   3...

TMC, St. E. Healthcare form partnership to expand college’s nursing, athletic training programs

Thomas More College has received an $1 million gift from St. Elizabeth Healthcare to support and expand the college’s nursing and athletic training programs and to create a new Health Sciences facility, Thomas More College President David A. Armstrong and St. Elizabeth Healthcare CEO Garren Colvin announced. Thomas More College is directing a portion of the gift towards the renovation and construction...

U.S. House sends bill ending Medicaid expansion to Senate; Thomas Massie votes against it

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News The health-care bill passed Thursday by House Republicans would end the expansion of Medicaid in 2020, limit the program’s funding after that to a fixed amount per person, and let states allow insurance companies to charge higher premiums to people with pre-existing conditions. On a 217-212 vote, the bill went to the Senate, which undoubtedly will change it. About...

HeartChase NKY — fun and games to battle heart disease and stroke; sign up now

It’s time to sign up for the annual HeartChase NKY, a family-friendly amazing race that benefits the American Heart Association. From last year’s HeartChase.   This year’s community adventure, presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare, begins at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at Newport on the Levee. It’s free to participate. To donate to a player or a team, start a team or register, go to http://honor.americanheart.org/heartchasenky2017.   At...

Kenton County Detention Center addiction treatment programs featured in KET documentary

Innovative programs at the Kenton County Detention Center are highlighted in KET’s Journey to Recovery documentary, which takes an in-depth look at the state’s opioid epidemic. The documentary airs Monday, May 8 at 9/8 p.m. on KET. “Incarceration for way too long has just been ‘Let’s incarcerate the person and hope that something happens while they are in there, that they have...